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Belitung Island – Desember 2010 (part 1)

Helloooooowwwww…

Ok this is another a late post… coz this post is about my holiday on December 2010 in beautiful island called Belitung Island…

Belitung Island – December 2010

Belitung Island
Belitung Island is on Province of Bangka Belitung, on the east of Sumatera Island, on the southeast of the South Sumatera province. This island formerly known for its rich tin, now… it’s more known coz its beautiful beaches with the giant granite rocks. The beauty had been filmed on the trilogy of Laskar Pelangi and since then, tourism on the island is growing rapidly, many tourists attract and come to enjoy the beautiful beaches in the archipelago, including me ^^

Belitung or Belitong itself means a sea slug, do you know that there’s a story regarding the derivation of Belitung Island — for further story please visit: http://ceritarakyatnusantara.com 

The Trip to Belitung Island

My trip this time to Belitung Island was helped by a travel agent, that we found in internet. after several web visit, then we decided to try the www.belitungisland.com

we found it much scheduled and much certain! short story about the travel agent, there were already few scheduled travel with several choice of type like Lighthouse, Laskar Pelangi, and Photographer with different length too, and beside that you can also manage your own trip by choosing the date, choosing the length day you will stay, and the place you will go… so it’s so flexible.. but to be noticed is the more member on your group, the cheaper is the trip ^^ 


since that rule is on, then we’re -me and my travel buddy, m’ayu- decided to join the Photographer’s trip, since that was the most feasible date for us 3 days on Christmas holiday and it’s already 4 person there, so plus 2 it’s cheaper rite? then it was decided!! trip to Belitung 3 days 2 night (total member on group = 10 people) it cost IDR 1.375.000 per person. 

the travel cost is covered the hotel fee, guide fee, transportation in Belitung (destination as per itinerary), breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning snack, evening snack, hiring boat… complete daaaghh :p 


the extra cost you will spend are for transportation to Belitung and for something you bought there for your friend *read: oleh-oleh* plus if you want to try other menu beside what they’re already offered. Okay enough for the opening… let’s read the whole story about my trip to Belitung, *of course* with my lebay way of telling it… Please Enjoy ^^


Day #1 Going to Belitung, Enjoy the Beaches and the Rocks!


We went to belitung on December 24th from Padang (as per my current domicile) morning flight with Lion Air 06.00, which means we had to depart from Indarung, about 4 a.m… three of us ride to BIM (Bandara Internasional Minangkabau), morning cold little bit cloudy and perfect timing, no delay to Jakarta… what a thing to start our trip ^^

Narcissism: depart to Belitong ^^



Up to Jakarta, only two of us, flew to Belitung using Batavia Air (since there were only two airlines which had flight scheduled to Belitung, Batavia Air and Sriwijaya Air). Since that we had few hours to wait… guess what we did? we went straight away to the new terminal for Batavia, and enter it… and got surprised! yup, it was much better than the terminal we just went… lot of shops and yup… we were shopping then ^^ we couldn’t resist our temptation to shop since we saw that “discount” signed in Batik Keris.. we hadn’t started our trip yet, but we had already spent money :p (women!!!). 


The Belitung calling was saving our wallet from shopping :p yup.. yup… yup.. It’s all about “can’t wait to see Belitung”. The flight was quite OK, since that was a sunny day, and it only took about 30 minutes flight from Jakarta to Belitung. almost 75% people in the airplanes went to Belitung for vacation… we were so dag dig dug… guessing who will be our travel mates, since that there were 10 people in the trip, and we were only two… we’re so hopping that not all of them are couples… ckckckckck… and thanks God it’s true…


so we met our travel mate, a couple from Bandung, a couple (a work colleague) from jakarta, and a photographer groups (4 people from jakarta which had the photography hobby, with their all big bag and tripod full of their precious belongings, read as big camera :p)

udik dulu di bandara Tanjung Pandan

we went straight away to the hotel Billiton, which is a nice hotel in the center of the Belitung city (woops… remember Belitung is not a big city… so please be noticed :p) not far from the hotel -the tour guide said there is the beach-. The tour guide asked us to leave our belongings in the room and change our outfit to more beach outfit, and yup, guess we (me and m’ayu) were disappointing the tour guide coz we didn’t change our outfit, we were just replaced our shoes with flip flop :p which others, they really did changed their outfit.. what do you expect from us.. whether it’s beach or it’s mountain we will use the same outfit, a long shirt, long jeans/ skirt, and head scarfs (read: jilbab) 😀


Greeeeengg… Greeeng.. we were heading to the beach, coz we will eat lunch by the beach… and voilla… it was so quiet restaurant made from the wood… with the view of the beautiful beach… white sand and perfect sky… perfect sea,,, it’s all blue…. a clear blue 🙂 we were just to starving… yummm :9 it was a perfect taste of seafood under the shinny sun… it was a fish soup with pineapple, fried calamari flour, and grilled fish with ‘terasi’ chilly sauce… and cah kangkung… yumm… yummm… plus tropical fruits… and an ice of jeruk kunci (this the famous lemonade in Belitung). Gosh it was the best…


Tour continued by visiting another quiet beach close to the restaurant, it was really quiet, in fact it was only we who’s there. the photographers got really excited by the row of high coconut tree, which stand there by the beach gracefully. And then… with no command, they were ready with their big camera, stand closely with their action ready to take the picture of it… and clicked *I also took their picture… that moment :p nice right?*

photographer in pose -1-

 and this one is the most hilarious -yang duduk kayak anak ilang-

and of course we also took pictures of ourselves and the beautiful and peaceful beaches…

beautiful right – Tanjung Tinggi Beach

And here the pose! ^^

tetep narcis at Tanjung Tinggi Beach

then, another beaches visited… this time to beach ….. this place quite special since that the Laskar Pelangi ever took a scene in this beach.. and yup.. we know the reason… it is amazing place… big rocks almost every where… and the beach wowwww….. Subhanallah beautiful… really REALLY BEAUTIFUL… 


since that I went with m’ayu, and the couple busy with their self, the colleague busy with their swimming things, and the photographers busy with their spot and objects… so we went all narciss by ourselves, taking picture in almost every beautiful spot, in many style… and guess what? thanks to the Mr. Tour Guide who volunteer himself to be our photographer… hey he wasn’t bad.. since that he often company photographers he knows little bit of it… you can check it below… ^^

m’ayu and me *sok jadi model video klip xixixixi*
gagagaga… no comment

after it, of course another beach to visit it the evening. this time we visit beach… it was cloudy there, in front of us were laid beaches and white sand, looking toward the sea we’ll see granite rocks… and many of boats were lined up against the beach… and yup… we’re taking picture.. there and there… then, mr. tour guide took us (me, m’ayu and the couple -since, that we were the only people who didn’t have specific agenda) walking along the beach to a rock hill… it was quite… perfect for couples :p nice combination between granite rock and green plants… it was almost sunset… and the wind blows romantically… and upon the sky… many black birds flying across…

Mr. Tour Guide told us that they are a huge bird, he said the length of the wing when it spread is about a meter, he also mentioned that they were categorized as ancient one. and I saw above, and no doubt that it was a big bird… sadly I didn’t ask the name of the birds *huukkkss*



Then we continued our walk to the rocks, through the path which surrounding by bushes and green plant, we passed an rock which look like a fish head.. and then we did this… *big grin… narcissism mode on*

pose in the “fish head” rock

and we also took several picture of us in there with “model” pose.. #eaaa…

lagi lagi pose aneh -___-“
dua anak ilang ^^
cyiiiiiaaaaaaaat… martial art in action

after satisfied taking pictures by the beach, it’s time for us to back to the hotel. and we’re in group with the photographers, then when the sun is set, it meant a “sunset hunting”. and yup.. we did sunset hunting, but this time we did it in other beach, according to Mr. Tour Guide was the most near and perfect place to hunt sunset (and it was a romantic place). there’s no sand, but there were lot of piers heading to the sea, the pier was tremendously look so exotically fragile made by wood and it’s already mossy. there were also lot of boats parked along the pier… and it was so quiet… it was the perfect scene for a romantic thing. That time was the time for the sun to take a rest… it was beautiful, but unfortunately it was cloudy so the perfect moment and colors couldn’t be caught in camera perfectly. But through our bare eyes, it was quiet perfect… we, who didn’t have the big camera, were sitting by the pier, looking at the moment when the sun set… and admiring that beautiful moment accompanied by soft rhythm of gentle wave and rubbed by wind breeze… gosh… so quiet on that moment.. it was a right place to admiring what Allah SWT has created.. Subhanallah.. it was so beautiful..

sunset view at Belitung

the catching sun set was done, Mr. Tour Guide took us back to our hotel to take shower and change outfit before he took us to dinner. after showering and replacing our dirty outfit to the new one, we’re all ready for dinner… and yummm… he took us to a local restaurant which quiet far from the city… but, the menu was delicious! we were served with Crabs (Kepiting Asam Manis) and another Crabs meal (the crabs was smashed and flavored, then it shaped like little ball) and it was delicious… then grilled prawn and grilled fish… hummmm… yummm yummm….

kepiting asam manis and Nugget Kepiting :9

you know what… I found best seafood in Belitung… so it was a recreation and culinary tour 🙂


and that’s how our first day in Belitung end… perfectly full and happy ^^ okay, see ya on my Belitung part 2


love always
hanny


travel lover
*coz this is one of ways to see how Great Allah SWT and be admired and graceful for His creation.*

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for Formula 1, Kuala Lumpur here we come!

Bismillah…

Twin Tower Petronas

Ok, in this post I will write about my short holiday in Kuala Lumpur. Basically this holiday happened because several of our friends want to watch Formula 1 live in Sepang. And since that they got cheap ticket, then here we come… joining them, but not to watch Formula 1, just for travelling…

Ticket, place to stay, place to visit… was already arranged by the boys ^^ we’re the women (me and m’ayu just prepare ourself and prepare the money to spend there :p hehehhe)

Kuala Lumpur, in my opninion is better for city tour, like shopping or just walking… it’s almost the same as Jakarta but of course with much better city planning ^^ it’s true… the street, highway, wow… so width with less car… never found traffic jam there.. and the mass transportation.. wow.. planned well… bus, train, mono rail, and taxi… terrific… making many place reachable without troubling yourself looking for transportation.. quite cheap and clean…

And one thing that quite different from Jakarta, you can still see many pedestrian there… make the walking activities comfie :p

As I remember, everytime I went abroad it was always mean “WALKING TIME”, when I went to Perth is almost everyday is walking… When I was in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia it also many walking (to do SAI and Tawaf 😀 serious!) and this time in Kuala Lumpur is also many Walking… and in abroad walking is a need, a fun, and no complaint activities… in Indonesia??? *huffff* walking is not comfortable at all, due to of the miss-used pedestrian, the indiscipline parking and driving… and everywhere is far!!!


Day #1 Genting Highland

Enough for the opining, now the trip… day #1 we’re heading to KL Sentral by KL Transit then continued the journey by bus to Genting, to get to Genting atas (is it true?? sorry if miss informed the name) we’re riding Kereta Gantung to Genting Atas. In Genting we spent time by playing… yups it’s quite same as Dufan in Indonesia except it’s in highland… and it’s cold enough.. we play in Indoor theme like Snow World, Bom Bom Car, etc… and we play in outdoor theme park… to get adrenaline rush ^^

my opinion:

it’s a fun place like Dufan… the Kereta Gantung is amazing, since that we don’t have it here…

my advice:

(1) if you want to go to Genting, try it come early… so that you could try many games in the theme park and enjoy the view… (2) first arrive there submit yourself in the outdoor theme park first, coz the ticket is one day ticket… you could come out from outdoor and back again in a day… (3) try the Kereta Gantung two way (return ticket) to feel the sensation… (4) loose yourself and Enjoy!! ^^

Day #2 City Tour

Day #2 in Kuala Lumpur will be spend with city Tour, first we were going to KLCC to see the Twin Tower Petronas (sadly we couldn’t get to the top, since that the ticket to Petronas is limited, and we had to queue at early morning to get it) we see the twin tower, taking lot of picture… and went shopping in Suria Plaza (still in KLCC), the Formula one and the gals team separate in here… coz the boys will be heading to Sepang and the Gals will be going to Bukit Bintang. Second destination is Bukit Bintang, we went there by monorail, first we take Train from KLCC to KL Sentral, then little walking to Monorail station. In Bukit Bintang, we went shopping there… and since there were request for “VINCCI” shoes, so we spent lot of time in Vincci shop searching for shoes, which in here is cheaper than in Jakarta (this happened because Vincci is originally made in Malaysia).

Then our trip continued by monorail heading to Maharajalela, by little bit walking after arrived at the station, the we were entering a china town, which in front of us there is big street market sold many of things (lot of them is malaysia’s goody goods in lower quality), it was so crowded with stuff but still can be enjoyed by walking and it’s affordable. we went there and buy several souvenirs, our guide (our friends) quite shocking knowing that we didn’t shop a lot :p

After almost everything is already bought, then we back again to KL Sentral (see, KL Sentral is really the central station of almost any transportation, except airplane :p) we took a rest there and having dinner… and then suddenly the boys called us and told us that they get jammed… and asked us to go to KLCC to buy a jacket for them… and here we go.. we went back to KLCC, bought the jacket and see the beautiful view of Twin Tower at night and Kuala Lumpur at night… Beautiful… ^^

KL at nite… many people with their own way to enjoy KL

my opinion:

see, you couldn’t expect a lot if you went to Kuala Lumpur except the City Tour. Since that they have beautiful City planning and great mass transportation… The one which make different is the Twin Tower Petronas… it is really a masterpiece especially at night

my advice:

hehehehe… you should be true in here… should prepare your goal first, do you want to shop or you just want to admire Kuala Lumpur? (1) if you want to go inside the twin tower, you have to queue at least from morning. (2) bring your own chilli sauce in here it’s so sweet ^^

Day #3 Going Home and Working Again
This day was the killing day… we had to wake up at 3 a.m (malaysia time) and heading to LCCT at 4 a.m. since it still dawn, we have no choice beside taking the LCCT Bus from the KL Sentral it’s only cost about 9 RM and it took about an hour. Arrived at LCCT we checked in and having breakfast first, before heading to Padang and going to work…

My Overall Opinion

It was a nice adventure… a nice opportunity for me… seeing such organized city (this one bigger than Perth, since it’s the Capital city of Malaysia). Love the mass transportation and love the pedestrian ^^ the adventure…hm.. sorry will say it’s not much… since that I couldn’t find the adventure except for the city traveling… maybe it was happened because the short trip that I had there, so couldn’t explore more of it.. Overall it’s a nice one…

I DO ENVY THE ORGANIZED CITY, GREAT MASS TRANSPORTATION AND NICE PEDESTRIAN!

Bapak/ Ibu di pemerintahan kapan nie kita mo bikin kota dengan mass transportation yang oke dan trotoar yang seru buat jalan kaki? Jadi kalo kemana2 kan ga perlu repot bawa mobil dhewe atau desek2an di angkot… biar gak macet tuh jalanan dan semua orang happy…

Little Tips and Cost

  1. Cost for entering Kuala Lumpur is cheaper than the exit cost. LCCT/KLIA – KL Sentral by KL Transit 12,5 RM for entering, and around 30 RM for exit. Oh ya.. this is the cost if you want to use train+bus. But if you want to go to LCCT by bus it’s around 9 RM.
  2. The Cost for meal around 5-15 RM (for not expensive restaurant or for fast food)
  3. KL Sentral is almost like the central station… get lost? better go to KL Sentral :p

Ok it was a fun trip… thanks for the guys, who let us joining you, even in the time almost in any time we were bothering you with our stuff… thanks to Mr. Boy and wife for letting us stay in your home… so that we could save our cost ^^ and thanks to Angel for accompany us (me, especially) and for letting us sleep in your room ^^

Thanks again to KL Government and KL people to keep their city that nice ^^ I have great time there…
Capek tapi menyenangkan ^^

Love always
Hanny

*wondering where will I go traveling next*

note: foto menyusul blom di transfer ma empunya camera -____-“

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Sikuai Island : beautiful indeed

“you dont have to have a sophisticated camera to take the best picture
you dont have to be a professional photographer to take the best picture
coz.. it is already naturally beautiful…. even with the worst camera and the worst person to take it… it is still beautiful!!!”

too exaggerate maybe… but it’s TRUE, prove it by visit Sikuai Island… nice blue ocean blending with the white sand and the green of the trees on the island, and yet you can see the coral with your bare eyes -so beautiful-. let me give you a peek of pictures:

those pictures above taking by me (un-professional photographer, lousy one, coz actually I’m just a narciss model :P) using my bb camera phone and my digital camera (which actually I miss-used in setting thing… that’s why the picture quite small, smaller than my bb camera….hufh… in my defense I’m the model not the photographer and not intend to be one… but I love what photographer’s done.. they’re great making things great ^^). Actually I’m with my friends who like photography when I went there, but… hehehe… I dont kow if they are okay to put their masterpiece in here, and let’s stay away from trouble.. that’s why I chose my own masterpiece hehehe… and despite on everything.. you’ll see that Sikuai Island is truly beautiful… 

how to get there

ok… location first, Sikuai Island is in West Sumatera, that means you have to go to Padang first. Then visit Dermaga Muaro, find the AW Restaurant. From Padang (Dermaga Muoro) to Sikuai Island, we’re travelling by boat, the cost about Rp 250.000,- with the return ticket and a lunch there, the boat from Padang is available in the morning before 10 a.m. I went there on June, and it was a one day trip to Sikuai, but you can choose to stay nights there, depend on you ^^. It takes 45 minutes from Padang to Sikuai Island, and along the way you’ll find that Sumatera really has beautiful scenery and most of it the hills… green hills along the seaside… beautifull indeed…

what do you do there

actually, not much you can do in Sikuai Island, but regarding all of that… the scenery is worth the trip, money, and your time… first come there you will be amazed by the view, then you will just jump to the beach playing with the water and taking photograph there and there…

then you can go jogging, or walking around the island, because there is jogging track around the island. If you do the walking or jogging around the island, please make sure you bring your water with you, coz you wont find any store or anyone who sells drink except in the main building near the pier. And if you go to the sea, of course you can also snorkling, diving, and swimming… or just play in that beach… if you take the longer trip (not the one day trip), you can have the chance to see sunset and sunrise. But when we were going there it was in the election day… in the boat is only about 15 people… so when we got there actually is just like private island to us… so quiet but so beautiful and peaceful…

what should you bring

  • many of snacks and mineral water, or something to eat (if it’s possible bring your own food). this is because you’ll find everything is expensive there… very expensive… so better you prepare your own meal and drink than buying in there, even tough lunch is included in the packet.
  • camera!!!
  • bring your bicycle (if you’d like to riding a bike along the jogging track)
  • sun block
  • diving or snorkling stuff (if you’d like to dive or snorkling )
  • swim suit
  • ur things (dress, medicine, etc)

Advice
If you go there alone, or two, or in small group without any activities plan, then it’s better if you choose the one day trip (boat leaving from Sikuai at 4 p.m). because there is little thing to be offered there at night. But if you go there in a group which already has plan or activities.. maybe there is a barbecue party, or anything else… then it’s okay to stay there longer.

Some facts that I found there
uhm.. I dont want to just give you the sweets. I’d also like to share the bitter things in Sikuai Island, to you to be prepared…
first, the hall or the main building is no longer as beautiful as before the earthquake… when we were there, there are still lot of ruins… but thanks God there’s also people who working on it… the pier also quite in ruins… looks like it’s going to collapse.. but it still safe.. I dont know how they maintain it.. but it still safe…
second, you can still see a lot of ruins along the jogging track.. but still it is still safe! ^^
third, the food is expensive… and the taste is not as worth as the price 😦 that’s why I told you to bring your own supplies…
third, I dont know it’s for general or not.. but when we get there.. we felt there was lack of service… almost everything related to service was sooo less… that’s why we glad we only had the one day trip.
But despite all of that… the beautiful beach… scenery…. is worth trying!!! really it’s just like paradise.

okay… it was a nice get away… a very peaceful and beautiful island…
for further information you can visit this web: http://www.newsikuai-island.com

happy travelling ^^
Indonesia is truly beautiful
Thanks to Allah for those gift
love,
hanny 
*wondering what next place I’m going to visit ^^*